DIY Denim Shorts with Floral Embellishment

Cutoff shorts are the quintessential summer staple for your #AEOStyle. We’ve put together a DIY to change your perfect pair of jeans into your favorite denim cutoffs. Plus, we’ve added a few extra steps to add a pop of color to your new shorties. Check out our easy step-by-step instructions below and channel your inner creative goddess!

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Step 1:
Gather Materials:

  • Denim with a wash of your choice
  • Fabric (we used a scarf) You’ll only need about a half yard.
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Fusible fabric tape
  • Iron

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Step 2:
Measure how long you want your shorts to be. Leave about 4 inches of length for the cuffs then cut.

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Step 3:
Fold about an inch over for the first cuff and secure with fabric tape. For best results, follow the instructions on the fabric tape package.

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Step 4:
Fold the fabric over the tape and measure the width of the leg opening and then cut the fabric accordingly. Then, measure about 4.5 inches of the fabric for the length and cut.

Bonus: Trace the space above the left pocket and cut a piece of fabric to add some extra embellishment!

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Step 5:
Using the fusible fabric tape, secure the cut fabric to the inside of the short, right above the cuff. Fold the short over to form the second cuff, folding the fabric along with it. Place another piece of fabric tape on the inside of the cuff between the denim and fabric and secure. Use the tape to secure the fabric to the pocket.

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Step 6:
Voila, you’re done! Enjoy your new shorts!

Don’t forget to tag your AEO DIY projects on Instagram and Twitter with #AEOStyle for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

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Stitched Tank DIY with I Spy DIY

I have been seeing stitched details all over the place, and think they look so cool, so decided to try my hand at a little embroidery on my  NYC Subway Graphic Tank. If you have been following along, you’ve seen my love for neon is very real, examples herehere and here, so it was an obvious choice when picking colors. It was also cool using an embroidery hoop for the first time, it made the process so much easier and quicker even when free-handing. Read on for the step-by-step tutorial.

We're obsessed with this pop of color Jenni added to our simple black graphic tank!

I’m obsessed with this pop of color added to AEO’s simple black graphic tank!

How cute is Jenni's look with her customized NYC Subway Graphic Tank?

How cute is this AEO look with my customized NYC Subway Graphic Tank? Photo credit: Jessica Kaminski.

Shop Jenni’s look:
NYC Subway Graphic Tank
Muted Camo Jacket
Soft Circle Skirt
Slip-On Sneaker

Supplies for the Customized NYC Subway Graphic Tank.

Supplies for the Customized NYC Subway Graphic Tank.

What you need:
NYC Subway Graphic Tank
Neon Embroidery Thread
Needle
Embroidery Hoop
Scissors

What to do:

Step One: Thread your needle with embroidery thread.

Step One: Gather Supplies

Step One: Thread your needle with embroidery thread.

Step Two: Thread your needle with embroidery thread.

Step Two: Put your tank in the embroidery hoop,and adjust the fabric so it's pulled tight.

Step Three: Put your tank in the embroidery hoop,and adjust the fabric so it’s pulled tight.

Start stitching, alternating between a simple running stitch and a zigzag stitch.

Step Four: Start stitching, alternating between a simple running stitch and a zigzag stitch. Knot off each line when done stitching.

Step Five: Show off your customized #AEOSTYLE!

Step Five: Show off your customized #AEOSTYLE!

Looking for even more DIY projects for your favorite AEO pieces? Check out my DIY Neon Gem Sandals.

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog!

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DIY Neon Gem Sandals with I Spy DIY

If you’ve been reading our blog for a while, you know that we love DIY projects. We partnered with the super-talented Jenni Radosevich from I Spy DIY to customize our Thick Strap Sandal with neon gems for a perfect, one-of-a-kind summer shoe.

Jenni from I Spy DIY in our Cutout Back Sundress, Chambray Boyfriend Shirt and Thick Strap Sandal.

Jenni from I Spy DIY in our Cutout Back Sundress, Chambray Boyfriend Shirt and Thick Strap Sandal. (Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminski)

Summer is finally here and it's time to slip on my sandals! I have been looking for the perfect white ones to wear with my sundresses, and was super jazzed to find this pair. 

Summer is finally here and it’s time to slip on my sandals! I have been looking for the perfect white ones to wear with my sundresses, and was super jazzed to find this pair.   (Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminski)

Meet Jenni:
Growing up in Wisconsin, Jenni Radosevich was always creating her own style. If she saw something in a magazine that she couldn’t find in her local department store, she would make it herself. Now living in New York, her affinity to “spot style you love, and do-it-yourself” has manifested itself into a website: ISpyDIY.com and book, I Spy DIY Style, which has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, Rachel Ray Show, CNN.com, The Today Show, Wall Street Journal and InStyle magazine.

Get Jenni’s look:
Cutout Back Sundress
Chambray Boyfriend Shirt
Thick Strap Sandal

Jenni's customized Thick Strap Sandal.

“I love the thick strap, but every time I looked down, all I saw was a blank canvas asking to be decorated.” -Jenni    (Photo Credit: Jessica Kaminsky)

Supplies:
Thick Strap Sandal
Neon gems
E6000 heavy-duty craft glue
Paint brush

Supplies for Neon DIY Gem Sandal.

Supplies for Neon DIY Gem Sandal.

Step 1: 
Layout your ideas for the neon gem design.

Step 1: Layout your ideas for the neon gem design.

Step 1: Layout your ideas for the neon gem design.

Step 2:
Put a spot of heavy duty E6000 glue on the back of the neon gem with your paint brush.

Step 2: Put a spot of heavy duty E6000 glue on the back of the neon gem.

Step 2: Put a spot of heavy duty E6000 glue on the back of the neon gem with your paint brush.

Step 3:
Press neon gem firmly onto sandal.

Step 3: Press neon gem firmly onto sandal.

Step 3: Press neon gem firmly onto sandal.

Step 4:
Continue gluing neon gems on shoe in your design.

Step 4: Continue gluing neon gems on shoe in your design.

Step 4: Continue gluing neon gems on shoe in your design.

Step 5:
Let dry overnight before wearing.

Step 5: Let dry overnight before wearing.

Step 5: Let dry overnight before wearing.

Two different design inspirations from Jenni.

Two different design inspirations from Jenni.

We're ready to add a little color to the beach with our neon gem sandals!

We’re ready to add a little color to the beach with our neon gem sandals!

Have you made an awesome DIY project with your favorite American Eagle Outfitters pieces? Show us with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram for the chance to see your project on our AE.com Style Gallery or our blog!

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DIY: Cropped Muscle Tank

If you’re anything like us, you know how long we’ve waited to show some skin for summer temperatures. We’ve put together an insanely easy step-by-step guide to turn your old t-shirts into vintage inspired muscle t-shirts to ensure that you’re #AEOStyle is optimal for tanning. Channel your inner craftee and follow the steps below to make your #AEOStyle personalized!

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Gather your supplies:

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Step 2:
Match up the points of the collar so the front and back of the neckline are aligned. Using the seam as a guide, cut off the neckline just below the seam.

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Starting at the top of the shoulder, pick your desired shoulder width. Again, following just below the seam, cut a semi-circle to remove the sleeve.

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Step 4:
Fold the shirt in half, lining up the edges of the shoulder, side and bottom. Use the already cut side of the shirt as a guide to cut the other sleeve.

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Step 5:
Keeping the shirt in the same position, use the seam as a guide to remove the bottom of the t-shirt. Cut to your desired length, keeping in mind the original length of the t-shirt. (regular or crop).

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Step 6:
Your vintage inspired muscle crop tank is complete!

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Earth Day: DIY

Reuse, Reduce and Recycle your #AEOStyle! To celebrate Earth Day, we spoke to Sr. Stylist, Coco Yokoyama, about her tips and tricks for turning her old AEO gear into something new. Check out her step by step guide for repurposing a pair of denim with an old scarf. The best part about this project — it’s only five easy, earth-friendly steps!

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Materials You’ll Need:

  • Pair denim pants
  • Scissors
  • Fusible fabric tape
  • Scarf or other fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Iron
  • Tracing pencil or marker
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The only materials you’ll need to make an old pair of jeans into a super cute pair of shorts!

Step 1:
Measure the length you’d like your shorts, then cut.

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Tip: Don’t go short right away, cut a little longer than you’d like so you can readjust the length if you need to.

Step 2:
The fabric will begin fraying where you cut, pull the strands to encourage fraying, then run shorts through the washer and dryer.  This will accelerate fraying and make them look vintage.

Step 3:
Place fabric on top of shorts and trace the size of the front panel, around the pocket.  Leave a bit of room on the bottom for more fraying to occur.

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Pick a scarf or fabric that will really pop.

Step 4:
Follow the instructions on the fusible fabric tape to adhere fabric to shorts

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You’re almost done!

 Step 5: 
Admire you’re new denim shorties!

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Voila! Earth friendly and super stylish #AEOStyle.

Want to find more ways to celebrate Earth Day?  Donate now to The SCA and RSVP to a community project near you!

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DIY: Sharpie Shoes

DIY: Sharpie Shoes

Do you love art as much as we do? Because this season, we’re showing our love for all things art! Whether we’re painting the Wynwood Walls in Miami or drawing murals on our shoes –  we’re expressing our individuality by taking something ordinary and turning it into something extraordinary. Follow our step by step DIY Sharpie Shoes guide to add a bit of personality to your #AEOStyle.

What you’ll need:

Canvas shoes. Try our Slip-On Sneakers!

Pencil

Fine Point Sharpies (any color)

A creative mind

Step 1: Find a pair of canvas shoes that have a great surface for decorating. We recommend our Slip-On Sneakers

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These Slip-On Sneakers are the perfect surface for art.

Step 2: Start outlining your design lightly with a pencil. We highly suggest starting with a pencil so you can erase any mistakes along the way!

DIY Sharpie Shoes

Trace lightly the first time so it’s easier to erase any mistakes.

Step 3: Once you’ve completed your design in pencil, retrace your artwork one more time before moving over to pen.

DIY Sharpie Shoes

Once you have your initial design drawn, retrace with pencil once more.

Step 4: Start outlining your artwork with a fine tip Sharpie. You can use any color!

DIY Sharpie Shoes

Slow and steady now!

DIY Sharpie Shoes

It’s all in the details!

DIY Sharpie Shoe

DIY Sharpie Shoe

Elevate your #AEOStyle with artwork created by you!

Step 5: Admire your artwork! Let your shoes dry for about an hour before trying them on and then tag us on Instagram and Twitter with #AEOStyle for a chance to be featured on AE.com.

DIY Sharpie Shoe

Voila! Your masterpiece is authentic, just like you.

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